The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has appointed Mary Mulili and Mohamed Alhajie Samoura as the new Managing Directors/Chief Executive Officers of its subsidiaries in Kenya and Sierra Leone, respectively.
UBA made this known in a statement on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.
The bank said Mulili’s appointment marks a significant milestone for UBA Kenya, as it coincides with the subsidiary’s 15th anniversary of operation and being the first female MD/CEO of UBA Kenya.
UBA added that her selection exemplifies the bank’s commitment to gender diversity and inclusivity in leadership roles.
Speaking on Mulili’s appointment, the Board Chairman, UBA Kenya, Alphan Njeru, said the appointment, which took effect in January 2024 subject to regulatory approval, came at a crucial juncture for the subsidiary, as it is focused on accelerating growth through regional trade opportunities, digital innovation, and SME financing, aligning with the broader vision of sustainable banking.
Responding, Mulili expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to steer UBA Kenya’s strategic vision, leveraging the UBA Group’s extensive network across 20 African countries and globally.
She expressed her commitment to providing tailored financial solutions, emphasising UBA’s dedication as a financial partner of growth for all stakeholders.
On his part, Samoura, whose appointment as MD/CEO took effect last month, has received relevant approval from the Central Bank of Sierra Leone.
Thus, he becomes the first Sierra Leonean to hold this position since the bank’s inception in 2008, “emphasising UBA’s commitment to empowering local talent and promoting human capital development”.
Speaking on both appointments, the UBA’s Group Managing Director/CEO, Oliver Alawuba, said the appointments underscore the bank’s commitment to fostering diversity, empowering local talent, and driving growth across its African operations.
Alawuba, however, appreciated the outgoing MD/CEOs of Kenya and Sierra Leone for their immense contribution to the UBA Group over the past few years.